Attic full of light and silence, in the oldest district of the historic center
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Let me tell you about myself! I am Paola, married with three children, the first of which was born and raised in the historic center. I studied computer science and work as a systems analyst at a school. I speak German, English and French, I spent long periods abroad and I like to learn about foreign people and show curiosity and corners of a city that is inclined to to be shy and reserved. I love to travel and learn about other corners of the world. I love photography and every trip is a new opportunity. I also love reading, music and sports. Sailing is a family hobby and if possible, we will be happy to show you our beautiful coast from the sea!
Paola purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Paola chose Genoa Historical Centre
DESCRIPTION The loft is on the fifth and last floor of an ancient building, that is part of the World Heritage, since it is one of the oldiest in its district. There is no lift, hence, if you don't have..."good legs", this is nothing for you! On the other hand, once you have gained the top you will have the impression of floating over the old town, since the space is overwhelmed by a beautiful light the whole day long, coming from the skylights. From here there is a glimpse of the rooftops, but most of all you can reach for the blue color typical of Genova, that has given the name to the world famous Blue Jeans cloth. The loft has recently been entirely renovated, including bathroom, roof, floor, windows, plumbing, electrical and heating system. It is modernly furnished. However, it preserves ancient elements such as the structural logging that holds the roof transversing the entire space, that is dated at the construction years of the building (1200). The roof is pitched and in the highest part of the room there is the mezzanine, on which there is a double bed. There are also a double sofa bed and two ottomans convertible into single bed. There is a large, fully equiped kitchenette , complete with all appliances : dishwasher, fridge , oven, microwave , espresso machine, etc . You will of course also find wifi , iron , hair dryer , vacuum cleaner , TV and washing machine. THE DISTRICT The loft is located just in front of the aquarium, only a few meters away from the driveway , so you can download your bags comfortably , even in the rain , because the car will stop next to a porch. Despite its centrality, the apartment is quiet and very peaceful. Vico Morchi is in fact a short pedestrian alley with barely any activity at street level, that joins the aquarium area and Via San Luca , a lively street with many commercial activities, restaurants and groceries. You will find all you can need at just a few steps!
What makes this Apartment unique
MORE ABOUT THE DISTRICT Vico Morchi is a small secondary, pedestrian alley, connecting the Expo with the aquarium and Via San Luca, the main artery in the Middle Age, for those who came to the city from the west. In Via San Luca there are numerous palaces and patrician buildings, which still retain traces of fresco paintings that the best painters of the Genoese school of 1500-1700 made on the walls and ceilings of the rooms, as well as oil paintings and sculptures. The existence of the original arcades in Via San Luca explains how several parades of vehicles and horses passed through it, impressive parades of Popes, Kings, solemn appearances of Doges and their courts. Spectators and passersby stood in the arcades and the road remained available throughout the procession. The development of trade and the subsequent need of closed spaces led to the abolition of the arcades and their arrangement in stores. PARKING The old town is a no traffic area, so almost no building can be reached by car. Parking in town can be very expensive - about 2 euros /hour and at least 25 euros /day. I have the possibility to reserve a parking place at 15 euros per night, about 500 m from my apartment, which means 7 min by foot. THE SIXTH BED IS FREE OF CHARGE The apartment is a single room, ideal for a couple or a family with two or three children . We have added a sixth bed that we will be happy to offer without additional expenses for the sixth person. (Fill out five persons only in the request, in order to get the correct price, but then inform me about the sixth person! ) Children under three are free. SERVICES You will find pots and pans, towels , sheets, blankets and duvets. There are also books and games for entertainment. There is no air conditioning (the walls are thick and keep the apartment cool) , but the loft is insulated and the skylights provide not only light but also air and fresh. Electricity, water and gas are included in the price. Breakfast is not provided.
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Skylighted Fabulous Loft
My husband (a retired architect) & I stayed in the Loft Aquarium Apartment 4 nights in May. We were offered this property when a different property we sought. This Apartment was still under construction at the time of our reservation. We were extremely impressed with the design and layout choices & particularly with the materials used in the renovation; a very clean, bright & fresh ambiance. It is a long walk up the stairs to the fifth, top floor, (no lift) but it is well worth it.(quite doable even though we are in our mid 60's) The location is ideal, easy to get to everything. Via San Luca steps away & offers small grocery stores, shops, restaurants & is in the very old part of the city. Fascinating wandering around there. Trains & buses available very close by also. Taxi's are available in the Acquario area by the the port. We arrived by train, took a Taxi from the Train Station, a very quick trip, reasonable about 12Euro, with luggage a much easier than walking. We met Paola in the street, who'd gone to purchase Focaccia --welcome gift, very nice of her and much appreciated. Paola was amazing to deal with from beginning to end. She responded very quickly to our initial email and continued to be easy to communicate with throughout our stay. She recommended things to do places & to go based on our interests. She provided an Italian cell phone to use while we were there, although we never did really figure out how to work it, it was very thoughtful. We walked to Boccadasse, a little fishing village just north of Genova, took the train to Santa Margherita then strolled to Portofino which was a most amazing walk along the sea past beautiful homes, hotels and beaches, gorgeous and we highly recommend it. Wish we had more time in Santa Margherita--a very quaint place. The Slo Food Festival was going on in Genova right in front of aquarium and it presented many wonderful local fishes and other foods to sample which we did.
We loved the apartment, it was quiet, relaxing, immaculately clean and had everything we needed to cook. Great WIFI. Sleeping in the bed up in the mezannine was great. It was comfortable and spacious up there. At first I worried I might fall out, but there is plenty of room and it's quite comfortable. It was a wonderful visit and a fantastic apartment, and owner is very gracious and quick to respond. Loved it all Thanks Paola
thank you so much for taking the time to write this long, detailed and thorough review! I really appreciate your work and your words! I am very happy you liked everything - this is the best reward for the time and efforts we put into the restauration works, especially if it comes from an experienced architect!
I hope the rest of your trip was great and you took nice memories back oversea!
Pass on a hello to your husband!
Sono stato con la mia famiglia a Genova per passare il ponte del 1°maggio, soggiornando in questo piccolo ma accoglientissimo appartamento. Viaggiando in treno, avevamo la necessità di trovare un posto che fosse raggiungibile anche a piedi e che si trovasse nei pressi dell' Acquario, visto che si trattava della principale meta da visitare. Abbiamo trovato tutto ciò di cui avevamo bisogno, sia dal punto di vista logistico, sia dal punto di vista della casa. L'appartamento ha tutto ciò di cui può aver bisogno una famiglia, soprattutto con bambini piccoli come nel mio caso; la signora Paola (proprietaria) è stata molto gentile e ci ha fatto trovare la casa fornita di tutto.
L'appartamento ci è piaciuto tantissimo. E' uno splendido attichetto che si trova esattamente di fronte all'Acquario, immerso in una delle affascinanti viuzze del centro storico (carrugi), alle quali abbiamo dedicato una giornata. Nei pressi della casa ci sono negozi di ogni genere e ristoranti con un eccellente rapporto qualità prezzo. Siamo rimasti davvero soddisfatti della scelta e siamo grati a Paola per essersi dimostrata sempre estremamente cortese e disponibile verso le nostre esigenze.
Abbiamo in programma di tornare a Genova, per visitare le bellezze della RIviera, e sicuramente torneremo a soggiornare nel Loft.
What a helpful person!
My bag never landed with me. I arrived at the airport and it was gone. I arrived "home" and had nothing with me. Paola provided me with everything. She put together a "first night/day kit" with all possible items I could have required for my stay. She helped me with all burocracy to get my bag back, she called the airport, the airline company, the credit card company. She really made me feel home. She did all possible in order not to make me waste any additional time and...enthusiasm. She has turned a negative experience into an example of helpfuness that I will always remember with joy.
The apartment level honorus Paola's helpfulnes. Beatiful, well equiped, charmly, clean. Could not have had a better stay!
Thanks for everything!
Worths to try
We spent 5 calm nights there and not only we found the loft nice and cosy but also the owner was very kind. There are a lot of stairs to go up for reaching the loft but you get used to it soon; just avoid to take heavy laugages with you. It's calm and clean and you can enjoy enough light during the day. The kitchenwares are not adequate and you can not use the dishwasher unless you don't use electricity for cooking on electric oven. But generally, it really worths to try this lovely loft as a convenient place to stay in heart of Genova.
I can't imagine a better place to stay in Genova. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, and the place was perfect for the two of us. It's location is amazing, as everything is right at your doorstep. And Paola was wonderful, giving us information on things to do and places to eat.
The visit of Genoa takes three or four days and with around 5 or 6 days.
Our house is the ideal base for exploring the city on foot: the area of the Aquarium and the Porto Antico (3-5 min), alleys and churches (San Lorenzo, San Luca, the Maddalena, San Siro), piazza San Matteo houses and church of the Doria (2 min), and modern shopping center (3-5 min). The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is 50 meters. A 5-minute climb up to Strada Nuova (Via Garibaldi with its palaces and museums, Palazzo Tursi with the violin of Paganini), behind is the famous elevator that leads to Heaven, as the poet said Giorgio Caproni: is the Esplanade Castelletto miss the view over the entire city :. And there you will find the best ice cream in Genoa (made naturally by a Sicilian!) A little farther (Corso Paganini), buy yourself a good cheese focaccia or pizza or cakes of vegetables to eat also comfortably at home. If you love the Japanese art, go to the museum David Chiossone, Lodge of Negro in Piazza Corvetto, (5 or 6 minute walk from the house), which has unique and rare pieces.
Visit the historic shops and centenarians: cake, chocolate, spices, candies and even the barber. Climb to the top of the lantern is a unique experience. Nearby is the Commander with San Giovanni Pré and a little more to the west the Prince's Palace, not to be missed. In Piazza della Zecca Righi take the funicular, the mountain of Genoa with a strong (600m above sea level): beautiful views and fresh air.
Towards evening, with car or bus to go Boccadasse (of which sings Fabrizio De André), wander the streets for all to the top of the hill overlooking the sea, Saunter in Corso Italy, breathe in the sea air, having heard the scent (each sea It has its own perfume and Genoa knows rock).
If you love modern art go to Nervi at the Museum of Modern Art. Then do the promenade carved on the rocks (bathroom) and wander the ancient parks in search of views on the coast, the prospects of pine trees and sky. While you're there go up to St. Hilary, it's worth it.
Spend an unforgettable day at the mountain of Portofino. In Camogli by train and then by boat around the mountain, San Fruttuoso accessible only by foot or by sea (definitely recommended with a stop bath, then take the next boat) up to Portofino. Climb all the way up to the castle along the villas of celebrities then walk to Santa Margherita (you can also take a bus), a wonderful walk on the flat, just 2m above the sea, about 30-40 minutes. From there by train, go home.
A day in the Cinque Terre is a must-see: You can reach the best train. You walk through vineyards overlooking the sea and white villages yellow and red close to the mountain. Fresh fish is guaranteed. To reach them all and cinue countries takes about 5-6 hours. The way nicer and shorter (30 min) is between Rio Maggiore (the last) and Manarola, called the Via dell'Amore.
Sestri Levante, Lerici and Portovenere to Levante, and Triora Dolceacqua to the west will tell you all in person. But if you go there do not return back.
For those who love shopping, we are at 45 'drive from the Outlet of Serravalle (needs no introduction). Nearby is the wine area of Gavi (sent her husband in search of wine, otherwise you will ruin the party)